Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches.

— Sri Aurobindo

The most helpful Sri Aurobindo quotes to get the best of your day

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man.

There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.


The first and the most important thing is to know that life is one and immortal.

Only the forms, countless in number, are transient and brittle. The life everlasting is independent of any form but manifests itself in all forms. Life then does not die... but the forms are dissolved.


The supreme state of human love is...the unity of one soul in two bodies.


Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.


If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal.

A narrow religion, a sectarian religion, an exclusive religion can live only for a limited time and a limited purpose.


True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.


Our human knowledge is a candle burnt On a dim altar to a sun-vast Truth.


Arise, transcend Thyself, Thou art man and the whole nature of man Is to become more than himself.


Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act.

All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness.


Physical education for the body to be effective must be rigorous and detailed, far sighted and methodological. This will be translated into habits. These habits should be controlled and disciplined, while remaining flexible enough to adapt themselves to circumstances and to the needs of growth and development of the being.


What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances.

Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.


By your stumbling, the world is perfected.


About Sri Aurobindo

Quotes 237 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Turn all things to honey; this is the law of divine living.


There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind's immobility and thought-free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.


Safety lies in tending towards our highest and not in resting content with an inferior potentiality..... To rest in or follow after an inferior potentiality may seem safe, rational, comfortable, easy, but it ends badly, in some futility or in a mere circling down the abyss or in a stagnant morass. Our right and natural road is towards the summits.


The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.


A thought is an arrow shot at the truth;

it can hit a point, but not cover the whole target. But the archer is too well satisfied with his success to ask anything farther.


What is required is faith. Man has body, life and mind but that is not all that constitutes man. He has risen to the mind as a result of evolution. Now a higher consciousness will be evolved - this I call Supermind. It is the instrument of the Divine Consciousness, the Truth-Consciousness.


The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought.


Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured.


Suffering makes us capable of the full force of the Master of Delight;

it makes us capable also to bear the utter play of the Master of Power. Pain is the key that opens the gates of strength; it is the high-road that leads to the city of beatitude.


Trust the divine power, and she will free the godlike elements in you and shape all into an expression of divine nature.


The human mind moves always forward, alters its viewpoint and enlarges its thought substance, and the effect of these changes is to render past systems of thinking obsolete or, when they are preserved, to extend, to modify and subtly or visibly to alter their value.


All thoughts, desires, conventions, attachments which come from outside must be ruthlessly pushed away.


The spiritual path is one of falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, turning and looking sheepishly at God and then taking the next step.


The existence of poverty is the proof of an unjust and ill-organised society, and our public charities are but the first tardy awakening in the conscience of a robber.


[S]tand aside and watch the working of the divine power in yourself.


We cannot afford to raise any institution to the rank of a fetish.

To do so would be simply to become the slaves of our own machinery.


The business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material


Detachment is the beginning of mastery.


Yoga is a generic name for any discipline by which one attempts to pass out of the limits of one's ordinary mental consciousness into a greater spiritual consciousness.


The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself;

but is the Theist any other? Well, perhaps; for he has seen the shadow of God and clutched at it.


If India is to survive, she must be made young again.

Rushing and billowing streams of energy must be poured into her; her soul must become, as it was in the old times, like the surges, vast, puissant, calm or turbulent at will, an ocean of action or of force.


She saw the myriad gods, and beyond God his own ineffable eternity;

she saw that there were ranges of life beyond our present life, ranges of mind beyond our present mind and above these she saw the splendors of the spirit.


Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God. What then was the commencement of the whole matter? Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being and plunged into numberless trillions of forms so that it might find itself innumerably.


The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself.


One mighty deed can change the course of things; a lonely thought becomes omnipotent.


The subliminal mind receives and remembers all those touches that delight the soul. Our soul takes joy in this right touching by the Essence of all experience.


Hidden nature is secret God.


When I approached God at that time, I hardly had a living faith in Him.

The agnostic was in me, the atheist was in me, the sceptic was in me and I was not absolutely sure that there was a God at all. I did not feel His presence. Yet something drew me to the truth of the Vedas, the truth of the Gita, the truth of the Hindu religion.


The all-embracing vast being which is there behind the play of the universe and with which you will have to identify yourself - for this is your true self.


Rather hang thyself than belong to the horde of successful imitators.


Recover the source of all strength in yourself, and all else will be added to you ... political freedom, the mastery of human thought, the hegemony of the world.


The mind of an ordinary man is truly near the heart.


That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.


The experiences of your past life which are stored within come up to the surface to be rejected. By rejecting all these by and by the inside will have to be cleansed.


Transform reason into ordered intuition; let all thyself be light. This is thy goal.


Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world.


All that is born and destroyed is reborn in the sweep of the ages;

Life like a decimal ever recurring repeats the old figure.